Pilot Bank Joins Bowl Sponsorship Family

January 26, 2017

Tampa, FL - Outback Bowl officials announced today that Pilot Bank has joined the annual New Year's Day bowl as an Official Game Sponsor in a multi-year agreement. Pilot will receive designation as the "Official Bank of the Outback Bowl" which celebrated its 31st game earlier this month and hosts teams from the Big Ten Conference and Southeastern Conference at Raymond James Stadium.

Pilot joins Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Visit Tampa Bay & the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and Visit St Pete-Clearwater in the bowls second highest category of sponsorship following title sponsor Outback Steakhouse.

"Pilot Bank is honored to be joining the Outback Bowl family" stated CEO Roy Hellwege. "The Outback Bowl Organization has made a major impact in our market." "The bank is thrilled to be the Bank of the Outback Bowl," added Rita Lowman, COO of Pilot Bank and a member of the Outback Bowl Board of Directors.

"The Outback Bowl proudly welcomes Pilot Bank as an official sponsor of our New Year's Day bowl game," adds Jim McVay, President/CEO of the Outback Bowl. "With Pilot Bank joining us as a key sponsor we look forward to continuing to dramatically impact the Tampa Bay community in a positive way for many years to come."

The Outback Bowl attracts tens-of-thousands of out of market visitors from more than forty states who join local fans each year in generating an economic impact, estimated at $1 billion on the Tampa Bay area over its history. The game also generates tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region each year and has contributed more than $136 million to universities over its history.

Priority membership seats for the January 1, 2018 game are currently available through the Outback Bowl office at (813) 874-BOWL with details on the bowl web site at www.outbackbowl.com. All other general tickets will go on sale to the public in late August through Ticketmaster.

About Pilot:

Pilot Bancshares, Inc is a privately held bank holding company managing two wholly- owned subsidiaries, Pilot bank and National Aircraft Finance Company (NAFCO). Pilot Bank is a state-chartered Bank that conducts banking operations through five banking centers in Hillsborough and Polk counties. The National Aircraft Finance Company is a nationally recognized leader in providing financing alternatives in the general aviation market.

The company may be contacted at 813-349-4742 or at 12471 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33626. The company's website is www.pilotbank.com.